Gwinnett Daily Post-A Suwanee-based small business that manufactures tube and coax fabrication machines has been recognized for its successful oversees business with help from the federal government.
U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., recently presented the U.S. Commercial Service Export Achievement Award to Winton Machine Company owners George and Lisa Winton. The Commercial Service is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.
The Export Achievement Award honors small and medium-sized businesses who found success either after they entered the international market for the first time or went into a new foreign market with the service’s help.
“When we talk about entrepreneurs and small businesses being the backbone of our economy, you won’t find a better example than Winton Machine,” Woodall said in a statement. “Having seen the expertise of their operation first-hand, I could not be more proud of what Lisa, George, and their whole team here in the Seventh District has accomplished, and I’m thrilled to see them receive the broader recognition they deserve.
“Their hard work and commitment turned a vision into an industry-leading manufacturer that not only serves countless clients across the world, but remains an invaluable contributor to our community.”
The Commercial Service said the company participated in an ExportGA program run by the Small Business Development Center and learned about the assistance offered by the service. The service’s director, George Tracy, said the agency helped Winton identify export compliance as a key to meeting its foreign business goals.
“Leveraging our best practice export methodology, we enable companies to become proactive, global exporters while ensuring they understand the various requirements for exporting,” Tracy said. “We’re measured on the results of our client’s export activity, so their success is our success.”
Winton Machine Company has 30 employees and does business in 20 foreign markets, including Canada, Mexico, Australia, China, the United Kingdom, Russia, South Korea, Israel, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, UAE, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, India, Denmark, Belarus, Guatemala, Norway and Sweden.
“We had a vision of becoming a local manufacturer that could bring jobs to Georgia. Manufacturing has such a wide supply chain that we knew we could make a difference to our local economy,” Lisa Winton said in a statement. “Working with the U.S. Commercial Service helps a small manufacturer like Winton Machine manage the myriad of regulations necessary to export and identify possible pitfalls that can be encountered when entering new international markets.”